I am a mom.
That means, that some days, I don’t feel like putting on make up and will pull back my hair and just go shopping. It means that some days I forget to put on make up before heading out the door because my kids are being a little (ok a LOT) challenging.
So I do a lot of shopping with my hair pulled back and no make up on. I have found that some businesses treat me differently based on this as well.
I went to a local restaurant chain with my two kids after a long day. I heard the manager tell the mom in the booth next to me that on Tuesdays, kids eat free at their restaurant. She went on to say that she makes a point to tell all moms she sees this information. And then she didn’t stop and greet us or tell me this information. Hmmmm. I don’t know if I would have been treated differently had I been dolled up, but I was ticked that she didn’t stop and share this information with me. I also made sure to provide this information on the survey I received too.
I have went to buy appliances and been ready to purchase that day and left and came back another day because of how I was treated (and most people work on commission).
It’s happened to me at the grocery store and clothing shopping to.
A long time ago I decided to do the ‘Pretty Woman Effect’, in honor of the Julia Roberts Movie Pretty Woman. You remember the scene where she was trying to buy clothes to go on a date with Edward and the clerks wouldn’t wait on her because they didn’t think she had any money by the way she was dressed? And she had a ton of money and went back and told them ‘Big Mistake’ with bags of clothes she bought somewhere else. I have carried that scene with me all these years and love it.
I will go shopping dressed down, no make up. If I’m treated great, you get my business. If you don’t treat me nice, you miss out on my repeat business, big purchases and nice tips.
I don’t go running back into stores shouting ’Big Mistake’, but maybe I should!
Have you been treated differently by how you are dressed/not dressed or it is just me?